Area churches to host marriage conference

Published 3:43 pm Thursday, March 22, 2012

A video conference focusing on marriage will be open to the entire community at Clanton First United Methodist Church in April.

In an effort to address and remedy the struggles couples face, pastors from six area churches are collaborating to present the conference, which follows a book titled, “Love and Respect” by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and Sarah Eggerichs.

“It began with a burden on some of the pastors of the community’s hearts,” CFUMC Pastor Larry Anderson said. “The need for practical help for married couples in terms of improving their marriages.”

Along with CFUMC, Grace Fellowship, Liberty Hill Baptist, West End Baptist, First Assembly of God and First Baptist of Clanton are organizing the event.

Scripture surrounding the conference message is Ephesians 5:33, Anderson said.

“Our hope is that this is the initial step of husbands understanding wives and wives understanding husbands and the covenant in which they’ve entered when they married,” Grace Fellowship Pastor Jake McCall said. “My wife and I read this book together. We started it on our honeymoon, and we have really benefitted from the book and we are encouraged about bringing the conference here.”

The conference will be held April 13 and 14 at the Helen E. Parrish Activity Center at Clanton First United Methodist Church.

A box dinner will be provided to those attending Friday night, and snacks will be provided Saturday.

The cost is $30 per couple and $15 for individuals until April 2, when it goes up to $40 and $20, respectively.

Childcare is available upon request at registration (newborn through fifth grade).

To register, call one of the six partner church offices or visit and click on “Video Conferences.”

For more information, call the CFUMC church office at (205) 755-0490.

“It’s been life-changing for many couples throughout the country,” Anderson said. “This is really awesome for our community. I really see God’s hand in all of this.”